Zion80 performs the music of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach through the lens of the Afrobeat master Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Led by Jon Madof of Rashanim (John Zorn’s Tzadik Records), the normally 15-piece band (we’re squeezed 7 of them onto our “stage”) sets the adrenalized melodies of Reb Shlomo to a polyrhythmic intensity, and adds the flavor of the downtown New York City improvised music scene.
Thanks to our friend and fellow musician, Ricky Orbach, we have this great little movie of that night:
Breakdown of the musicians who were able to join us on Saturday January the 19th, 2013:
Jon Madof (guitar), of course, as he’s the bandleader. Frank London (trumpet)–you must have heard that name in the NYC jazz/klezmer world, who hasn’t? He’ll be doing solo duty to replace an entire horn section, and believe us, he’s capable! Brian Marsella (keyboard)–oh man, have you seen this guy play? He’s one of those musicians that you suspect was actually born as a Siamese twin, but on an alien planet where humans and keyboards might be attached at birth. He is “one” with his instrument, let’s just leave it at that.
Yoshie Fruchter (guitar) a favourite and a Hester triple-comebacker. He was right here on opening night, wallowing humbly in the shadows (but nothing to be humble about as the backbone of many avant-garde jazz groups, among them his own Pitom) and we are always ready to welcome him back to The Hester stage.
Shanir Blumenkranz (bass), for many years, Jon’s musical partner in crime. He’s the vibe master of Rashanim, his fingers moving constantly, body chill at ease. And he’s definitely in the running with Mathias for the coolest hair.
And to top it off, two percussionists will be churning out the rhythms that define this music: Marlon Sobol (percussion) and Mathias Kunzli (drums & Rashanim). They make quite a pair with their wildly fast hands and the dance drum combo potential.
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